Episode Four: Jess Jelsma Masterton

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Jess Jelsma Masterton is a doctoral student in creative writing at the University of Cincinnati, where she works as an Assistant Editor for the Cincinnati Review. She received her MFA in prose from the University of Alabama, where she interned and read for Black Warrior Review. In the summer of 2018, she was selected as a Tennessee Williams Scholar in Fiction at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in The Arkansas InternationalCatapultCRAFT LiteraryEntropyFlywayThe Normal SchoolPenny ZineThe RumpusThe Southern ReviewQuarterly West, and various other publications. She has also been featured in The Heart podcast’s episode “It’s Not Me, It’s You.” You can find her online at jessejelsma.com or @jessejelsma.

Read Jess’s Work Here

“The Trouble with Angels: Taming a Halo of Unruly Hair”

“A Last-Minute Addendum”

“Cast Me Back Out to Sea”



Listen to Jess Here

“The Long Night”

“It’s Not Me, It’s You”

Jess’s Picks

The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

My Body Is a Book of Rules by Elissa Washuta


Fiction Nonfiction

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